Need a bathroom upgrade but want to save on labour costs? Then why not see how easy it is to install a shower all by yourself!
Showers are a great way to save space and modernise your bathroom without having to undertake extensive renovation work. Unlike fitting a new bath, for instance, hooking up a new shower unit or installing a power shower isn’t nearly as difficult or complicated as it might seem at first. So once you have bought a brand new unit, how do you get started with the installation work?
How to Install a Shower DIY
- Whether you are installing a mixer shower or installing a shower over a bath, the first thing you have to do is hook up the 15mm diameter pipe running from the outside of your power shower casement to the property’s cold water supply. Do this by running the pipe work (including the isolating valve) directly to the nearest water mains outlet (usually located in the bathroom).
- Be aware that this might involve loosening and uncovering a few tiles to access the pipe fittings, but generally this sort of pipe work is located or affixed to the wall rather than beneath it to begin with.
- Now – if you are installing an electric shower – you will need to hook up your new model to the consumer unit (i.e. the electric mains). This is achieved by connecting the electrical element of the shower base to the separately fused electrical supply circuit (again a connecting cable should already exist somewhere behind some tiling in your bathroom, or at least in the landing or hallway area).
- If necessary, drill additional holes into the bathroom wall to store the running electrical cables – just make sure they are covered in a plastic casement first to reduce the possibility of electric shock later on.
- Now it is time to run and fix a ceiling-mounted, double-pole switch that controls the electricity supply running directly to your new shower unit. These usually have some kind of built-in neon or motor-powered indicator to let the user know when electricity is being supplied; although they are not essential, they can help to reduce bills over time.
- Finally, re-affix any loose tiling or hanging cables, making sure everything that conducts electricity is encased and not at risk of coming into contact with running water. Then, turn on the shower via the double-pole switch and test the temperature controls to see if everything is in proper working order!
Hiring Professional Shower Installers
If this all sounds a little too complicated, or you don’t have the time to install a shower unit by yourself, then you are best off looking into hiring a professional plumber to come round and do the work for you. Compare as many quotes as you can to find the best deal possible in your local area, and double-check that your chosen contractor is a Building Regulations Part P certified plumber or electrician and that they are affiliated with either the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) or the National Association of Professional Inspectors (NAPIT). This means that they are usually required to carry public liability insurance – which means you will be covered for any damage or shoddy workmanship; just in case the shower isn’t installed to the highest standards required by the plumbing industry.